Local and National Group Grief Support Groups

This support list is provided courtesy of Erlewein Mortuary in Greenfield and Fortville and is updated at least annually.

1. Local Grief Support Organizations

Adult Grief Support

Hancock Regional Hospital/Hospice – Greenfield

Weekly grief group open to anyone.  The group meets every Friday from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Hancock Regional Hospital in the small conference room of the Hospice Unit on the 2nd floor.  You can call or email Chaplain Katherine Murray for more information (317) 468-4124 or [email protected].

“Yoga for Grief Relief” - Greenfield

This group meets three or four times a year (it’s a six-week class). The idea is that grief affects us physically as well as emotionally, causing achiness, sleeplessness, and more. Yoga for Grief Relief is a gentle form of yoga designed to help those who grieves learn gentle stretches and moves that can help lessen the impact grief is having on their bodies. Email Chaplain Katherine Murray for details and a schedule: [email protected].

Mindfulness Group – Greenfield/Hancock County

This program meets three times a month (1-2pm, 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Cancer Center and 10-11am, 2nd Tuesday at the McCordsville Wellness Center) that helps participants learn a simple and nourishing technique for self-support. Mindfulness can be helpful for those who are grieving because it is an integrated way to be kind and supportive of ourselves in the moment, no matter what we are experiencing.  You can call or email Chaplain Katherine Murray for more information (317) 468-4124 or [email protected].

Grief Support – IU Health

A full listing of events held by IU Health can be found at www.iuhealth.org/bereavement

The closest group meeting to Greenfield is Aldersgate Free Methodist Church (East side) Grief Workshop. Aldersgate Free Methodist Church, 9035 E 21st St, Indianapolis, IN, (317) 898-6456. ‎ Meets the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. This group is free and informal. Please call Lori Mercer for more information on this group and other grief services from IU Health at (317) 962-0237 or [email protected]

Gallahue Mental Health Services

Group and individual therapy available.  Medicaid and Medicare approved.  A sliding fee scale is available based on income and dependents.  Call 317-318-7100 for more information or 317-621-5719 for the intake line for new inquirers.  24 hour Crisis and Referral Line 1-800-662-3445.

Community Home Health Services Grief Support

  • Community Home Health is pleased to offer you many bereavement services. We are available to offer support, initial grief counseling and connections to further community resources. We really care about you and would like to be a part of your healing journey!

For support, we offer drop-in groups as well as six-week sessions at various locations throughout our service area; we hope you will find the type of support group that best fits your needs and the location that is most appropriate.

For more information or bereavement support, call InTouch Bereavement and Grief Services at 317-621-4646 or toll free at 800-404-4852. You can also e-mail us at [email protected]

  • “In-Touch Bereavement Services” This drop-in group for general grief and loss is open to anyone in the community and does not require registration.  This drop-in group for general grief and loss is open to anyone in the community and does not require registration.

Location: Community Health Pavilion Washington, 3rd Floor Conference Room, 7910 E. Washington St., Indianapolis 46219

Time: First Thursday of each month, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

  • Widow and Widower Support Group - No registration is needed for this group, just come and join us weekly. This is a safe place to come and be with others who understand what it is like to lose a spouse or significant other.

Location: 8501 E. 56th St., Community Health Pavilion Ft. Ben, Indianapolis

Time: Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m.

St. Vincent Hospice Grief Support Groups

The St.Vincent Hospice provides bereavement counseling for families and friends dealing with the emotional, physical, and social challenges that may come from the loss of a loved one. Grief and the journey toward wholeness and health again after a loss is a process that demands attention, energy, and focus on many levels.

In addition to individual counseling, there are a variety of free support groups and workshops that provide education and information regarding the things one can do to address the more negative impacts of the stress response to grief.

For more information on any listed service, please call 317-338-4040 or 888-780-7284.

To subscribe to the St. Vincent Hospice Bereavement newsletter, contact Sarah Meritt, 317-982-3573.

  • The Road to Healing is a six-week support group for those who have experienced a loss through death.
  • A Daughter's Grief is a six-week support group for women who have experienced the loss of their mothers through death.
  • Safe Haven is group for parents who have experienced the death of a child.
  • Widow/Widower Group is for men and women who have lost a spouse.
  • Grief 101: When Grief is New provides support for anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one.
  • Grief Through the Lens of Love - A Six Week Photography and Gallery Night Program
  • A Mother's Day Tea - Daughters remembering their Mothers before Mother's Day
  • The Empty Chair - A Holiday Grief Support Workshop
  • Finding Your Way - Support Series for Loss of A Younger Spouse
  • I AM the Legacy - Seminars for Loss of A Parent
  • Mind-Body-Spirit Workshop - Toward the Healing of Grief

Grief Support - St. Francis Hospice

(South-side location) Open to anyone, no fee.  To register, or for additional bereavement support, contact Franciscan VNS Hospice Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636 or (800) 390-9915.  You may also reach Jeff Hauersperger at (317) 528-2099.  Franciscan St. Francis Health Education Center, 421 N. Emerson Ave., Greenwood, IN.

  • Bereavement Lunch Group: Meets every Wednesday at noon. No registration required, bring a sack lunch if you would like! This larger group usually averages around 30 people.
  • Six-week Support Groups: Our bereavement support groups cover topics such as physical effects of grief, emotional impact, sleep difficulties, utilizing available resources beyond group, loneliness, depression, anger, holiday coping and hope for the future. Start dates vary throughout the year.

Grief Support - Clarian IU Health Hospice

Open to anyone, no fee.  There are locations in Indianapolis, Lafayette, and Muncie with various times.  Contact Lori Mercer at 317-962-0775 for more information or to sign up for the free newsletter.

Open Arms – Through Community Hospitals of Indianapolis

This is a group for families who have experienced stillbirth, miscarriage, or newborn death at the Community North Campus, 7250 Clearvista Dr., Indianapolis.  Meets the 3rd Thursday of every month from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Call 317-621-5275 for more information.

Connections of Hope – Through Community Hospitals of Indianapolis

Connections of Hope is a six-week structured support group for families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, infant or young child. Join us as we create connections and a sense of community as we share our stories and talk about the uniqueness of perinatal grief and loss. We hope to create a sense of community while validating your feelings and meeting you where you are in your journey of healing. All supplies will be supplied. Feel free to bring a snack or a drink.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 6 to 7:30 p.m., over six consecutive weeks

Location: Community Health Pavilion Washington, Community Room, 7910 E. Washington St., Indianapolis, In 46219 

Registration: Groups are free, but registration is required as space is limited. To register, please call 800-777-7775 or e-mail [email protected].

Questions? Please call InTouch Bereavement at 317-621-4646.

Survivors of Suicide Victims Support Group – Through Community Hospitals

This group provides monthly support for family members and others who have lost someone by suicide.  It is held on the 4th Wednesday of every month, but in November and December they meet on the 3rd Wednesday instead.  The meetings are held from 7:00 p.m. -9:00 p.m. and are free.  Call (317) 509-6869 for more information.

Heartland Hospice - Bereavement Support Groups

Bereavement support groups meeting at various times during the day.  No registration required.  Walk-ins welcome.

The meetings are held on the 1st & 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Heartland Hospice, 931 E. 86th Street, Suite 208, Indianapolis, IN 46240. Also, on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at Heritage Place, 4550 N. Illinois Street, Indianapolis, IN 46208.   

For more information about the above groups, call Heartland Hospice ph: (317) 251-3012 or (800) 558-6928

“Ladies Day Out”

Events for women of ALL ages.  Contact: Hancock Senior Services at (317) 462-3758.

Children & Teens

Caterpillar Kids                                                                                 

This group is sponsored by St. Francis Home Health & Hospice and is designed for school age children and teens.  It is held twice a year in 4-week sessions.  Contact St. Francis Bereavement, Chaplain Karla Riggs Norton at (317) 528-2636 for more information.

Camp Healing Tree - Indianapolis                                                             

This weekend camp, usually held the last weekend in August each year, is for grieving children and teens ages 7 - 17. There is no fee due to being sponsored by local area hospices.  The camp provides a safe environment where participants may speak openly about their grief during group discussions led by trained facilitators.  Although the camp focuses on grief, the environment strives to be upbeat. Campers may enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, drama, games, campfire, sing-alongs, and other fun activities.  Contact Brooke’s Place at (317) 705-9650.

Camp ErinĀ® Indianapolis

Camp Erin is a weekend bereavement camp for children and teens ages 6 through 17 who are grieving the death of someone close to them. Facilitated by a partnership of Community Health Network behavioral care and home health professionals and volunteers, Camp Erin Indianapolis is a weekend-long experience filled with traditional, fun camp activities, combined with grief education and emotional support.  Camp Erin, created and funded by The Moyer Foundation, is the largest bereavement camp in the United States, annually serving more than 2,500 children at more than 40 camps in over 25 states.  For more information or bereavement support, call In-Touch Bereavement and Grief Services at 317-621-4646 or toll free at 800-404-4852. You can also e-mail them at [email protected].

Camp Hope – Grief Day Camp

Camp Hope is a one-day day camp offered with St. Vincent to help children ages 7-17 dealing with grief.  For more information on dates and details you can contact Margie Vandergraff (765) 203-2631.

2. National Grief Support Organizations

Widowed Persons Services - AARP

Group provides grief assistance for widows and widowers. It includes support for changes in housing, family relationships, unfamiliar financial and legal matters.  Visit www.aarp.org or call 888-687-2277 or 1-888-OUR-AARP for more information.

Dougy Center                                                                                                                        

The center works with thousands of children, teens and their families who have experienced the death of a parent, adult caregiver, sibling or teen friend.  It provides support in a safe place where families who are grieving a death can share their experience as they move through their healing process.  Visit www.dougy.org or call 503-775-5683.

NAMES Project Foundation  

This organization is dedicated to helping people with AIDS and their family members.  An online newsletter is available.  Visit www.aidsquilt.org or call 404-688-5500 for more information.

Parents Without Partners, Inc.

International, educational organization devoted to the interests of single parents and their children.  Local chapters are concerned with educational activities, family activities and adult social/recreational activities.  Visit www.parentswithoutpartners.org or call 740-452-4541 for more information.

National Sudden Infant Death Support                                  

This group provides information, literature and support to parents who have lost children to SIDS or SIDS related symptoms.  Visit www.sidsalliance.org or call 1-800-221-SIDS or 1-800-232-SIDS for more information.

Suicide Prevention and Survivor Support                                                                  

This organization provides volunteers to help a person who may be considering suicide or provides support for persons who have lost a friend or relative to suicide.  It operates a 24-hour telephone service.  Visit www.afsp.org or www.save.org, or call 1-800-252-TEEN or 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-617-536-2460.

National Victims Resource Center (NCJRS)

Justice Dept. provides access to highly trained criminal justice reference specialist who can help family members find answers to specific legal questions as the result of a violent crime.  Free publications are available at www.ncjrs.gov or by calling 1-800-851-3420.

Pregnancy and Infant Loss

You can find support, resources and education on miscarriage, stillbirth and infant deaths at www.nationalshare.org or by calling 1-800-821-6819.

TAPS - Grief Camp for Young Military Survivors & Adult Seminars           

National military survivor seminar and good grief camp for young survivors.  For children of all ages who have lost a parent in the armed forces.  Seminars are available for adults and children.  Visit www.taps.org or call 1-800-959-TAPS.